Tottenham boss Antonio Conte most feared by Cristian Romero’s injury

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte fears Cristian Romero’s hamstring injury is “serious”.

The Argentine defender faced a problem playing for his country in the World Cup qualifier against Brazil last week and is due to have a second scan later this week, which will determine the severity of the injury.

Conte doesn’t think it will be good news, which is a setback for Spurs as they play 11 times before the end of the year, starting with NS Mura’s Europa Conference League tour on Thursday.


Cristian Romero (left) injured while playing for Argentina against Brazil (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

“Regarding Cristian Romero, we are waiting for another scan,” said the Italian. “To be honest, I think his injury is serious. We’ll have to wait.

“I don’t know how much time he needs to recover. Certainly his injury is more serious than Giovanni Lo Celso or Dane Scarlett.

“We’ll have to wait for the next scan and then the doctor can give more details about his recovery dates.”

Conte’s predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo caused a stir by leaving Vitesse Arnhem at home to his entire first-choice XI for the game last month to save them for a Premier League match at West Ham.

They both lost and Conte says he will take everyone available for the game in Slovenia against the lowest-ranked side of the competition.

This competition is important to us. We want to take this sustainability seriously and we want to move on to the next stepAntonio Conte

“All available players will come with us,” Conte said. “He should be ready to play against Mura. I said on Sunday that I need to build rotation because there are players who are a bit tired because they have played many matches with the national team and we have done a lot in the last two weeks.

“There are other players who need game time. This competition is important to us. We want to take this sustainability seriously and we want to move on to the next step.

“Of course I will do the rotation because personally I need to get to know the players better, because there are players that I need to see during a game and a competition.”

Third-tier European competition should give Conte a chance to end Tottenham’s trophy drought, although whether he can hold up to the massive challenge remains to be seen.


Antonio Conte (Adam Davey/PA) celebrates after his win over Leeds over the weekend.

Conte doesn’t want to put a time limit on how long it might take for Spurs to compete for major trophies, but says he is enjoying a “good vibe” at Spurs.

“I know it’s not easy, I’m honest to understand it, but we want to try and make something significant and lift trophies together, that should be our goal,” he said.

“It’s not easy to prepare something to fight in England because the other teams are very, very strong but I know that through work we can improve a lot.

“If you ask me how much time we need before this happens, it’s very hard to tell you. In our hearts and minds, this should be our motivation and we should strive to do that for the best of the club.”

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